Newsletter June 2014

Using Mandalas for HealingYeaman 035

-Kye Yeaman, LMFT
One of the most admired and discussed symbols of current culture is the ancient mandala.  From Native American and Tibetan sand-painting, to Gothic rose windows, mandalas are used as symbols for meditation, protection, and healing. Broadly defined mandala means both circle and center.  The circle represents the visible world around us and the center represents the world deep inside our minds.

The center dot of the mandala is its origin, the salient starting point.  It is the center gathering in which all outside energies are drawn combining with our own energies, removing boundaries between outer and inner spaces.  This process can create a centering and calming effect within.

The preparation of a mandala is an artistic endeavor, but at the same time it is an act of worship and grounding.  Typically, mandalas are drawn with chalks or assembled with sand to remind us of impermanence, but there are no hard and fast rules…so look about and start gathering items to construct your mandala.  Rice, spices, flower petals, leaves, moss, shells, sticks, toy blocks, bits of paper, and rocks are all fodder for your project.  Begin with intention; an idea, feeling or behavior you want more of, and focus on and place and item as a center dot, circle, square or spiral.  Place your items around the center and radiating outward, add more pieces in a circular fashion.  Add more petals or shells and fill in the empty spaces until it seems whole.

The visualization and concretization of the mandala is a reminder of the sanctity of the universe and it’s potential in oneself.  For more examples of mandala’s and how they can impact you, see Kye at Delray Center for Recovery! Photos of sample mandalas made by clients pictured to the right.

We are now offering rolling enrollment for our Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills classes. Daytime, evening, and intensive classes are available for client convenience. Please contact Dr. Rodriguez if you would like more information.

 Upcoming Events:

June 6th at 2:30pm:    The Walking Dead
Episode 1, Season 1

June 27th at TBD:        Summer Movie
Showing @ Delray

*Please contact Care Support if you have
questions regarding any events that we have planned at 561-866-5954

Sunscreen Awareness
-Jenelle Colgan, Care Specialist

Whether you are on vacation or reside in the area everyone should be aware the dangers of being out in the sun for a long period of time. Although the sun is a great source of vitamin D, it is important to wear sunscreen while outside at all times. In our society, skin cancer is so prevalent that it is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Aside from preventing skin cancer; sunscreen also keeps your skin looking young. It is important to buy a sunscreen that protects both UVA and UVB rays. The UVA rays are the aging rays and the UVB rays are the burning rays. Although many people apply sunscreen at the beach it is also important to remember to apply it for outdoor activities too such as outdoor exercising and water sports. Here is a great way to remember what to do with your sunscreen from the American Cancer Society: “Slip, slop, slap, and wrap.” This is the formula for cancer prevention. It means: Slip on a shirt, slop on the sunscreen, slap on a hat, and wrap on sunglasses to prevent eye damage. Next time you decide to spend a day outdoors remember to lather up!

Summer Fun with BerriesBraude 008
-Sondra Braude, RD, LD/N
When summer arrives, along with rising temperatures, comes berry season. Whichever is your favorite berry, whether strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or cherries, now is the time to enjoy them at their peak freshness.
We all know these yummy gems taste great but they are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. They are high in fiber which helps keep us regular, and they contain antioxidants which help keep our bodies healthy. Here are some ways to incorporate berries into your summer menus.
Parfaits- Add some berries to greek yogurt and top with granola for a crunchy treat
Smoothies- Combine almond milk, berries, and ice for a healthy and satisfying snack
Lemonade Ice cubes- Pour lemonade into ice cubes and add blueberries and raspberries before freezing for a pop of color in summer beverages.
Homemade Preserves- Cook down your favorite berries in a sauce pan with some orange juice and sugar. Once cooled, pour into jar and keep in the fridge to use on toast, bagels, or even over frozen yogurt.
There are just a few ways to use berries, but the take home message is to get creative and enjoy these nutritious fruits while they are still in season.

What’s New?!
There are some groups that have been revised and added. You do not have to be a program client to attend these groups! If any of the groups listed below are interesting to you, please speak with your therapist or Dr. Rodriguez on how you can get involved.

11am-12pm: Nutrition Group, Building 3

12pm-1pm: Music Therapy Group, Building 2

11am-1pm: Cooking Class, Building 3

Wellness Day last month was a huge success! Thank you to everyone who came, supported, taught, and helped set up and break down. It took all of you to make this a great experience and we are so excited to host the next one!

-Care Support

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